FOCUS Group Ministries
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Living Free Friday Nites
What: A weekly support group for adults dealing with life controlling issues or behaviors, either directly or indirectly

Where:
 Centerpointe Church, 2909 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN  37917

When:
Every Friday Night
6:00pm Snacks & Fellowship
7:00pm Praise & Worship
8:00pm Small Group Studies
 
For more information:
Contact David Elkins @ 865-661-2236 or delkins@
or just show up!!

 
 

The Problem: Tennessee has approximately 20,000 men and women incarcerated in 16 prisons. At a cost of $61/day per person that equals $1.2 million per day or 438 million per year. Approximately 6,000 are released annually to our communities, but without a changed heart and a solid support system, approximately 67.5% or 4050 will go back to prison within 3 years. 

FOCUS Group Ministries is a Christian, non-denominational, IRS recognized, non-profit organization with a history dating back to 1992. FOCUS (Following Our Choices Unto Success) works in the Knox County Jail and Detention Facility, Taft Youth Center, and the four men’s prisons of East Tennessee.  
 
 
The FOCUS work "Behind the Walls”  includes unique evangelistic events, weekly support group meetings, Discipleship classes, Life-skills classes, one-on-one work in various Maximum Security Units, and Faith-based Transition Counseling. Work is done at all four East TN prisons, the Knox County Detention Center, Taft Youth Center, and the Knox Downtown Jail for women. 
 
 
"Behind the Walls" Evangelism
Beyond the Walls FOCUS provides transition services to ex-
On-the-Job Training in Computers
On-the-Job Training
in Computer
offenders recently released to the Knoxville Community which include  weekly Support Group Meetings, Sare Housing options, Mentoring, Workforce Development, and a "Back-to-Work" program through the CEOs (Christian Ex-Offenders Services) Program, and continuing Educational Training through the FOCUS Christian Academy
 
    
Richard Dixon, TDOC Volunteer Coordinator
Richard Dixon, TDOC
Volunteer Coordinator
and Steve Humphreys,
FOCUS Exec. Director
 
In 2011, approximately 200 FOCUS Volunteers provided 9901 hours of service in East Tennessee Prisons & Jails. In appreciation for our staff and volunteers, the Ministry has twice been named the Department of Correction’s top non-profit organization for East Tennessee.

FOCUS Family Support Team provides ministry to the children and spouses of the incarcerated along with providing transportation for family members to the East TN prisons on special occasions (e.g., Mothers Day), coordinates Prison Fellowship's Angel Tree Christmas Program for local children whose parents are incarcerated (over 900 in 2011).
2014 Walk-A-Thon
Teen FOCUS Lock-Down Teen FOCUS Lock-Down

 The Lock-Down Outside Program provides weekend events and monthly mentoring to children of incarcerated parents and other at-risk kids in our community.

FOCUS Christian AcademyFOCUS Christian Academy provides a safe atmosphere for ex-offenders seeking a meaningful place in society after incarceration. We use a three-phase approach: Spirit, Mind & Body, through life skills classes, spiritual development, counseling, accountability and workforce development with our "Back-to-Work" program. This structured reentry program is organized and designed to address specific issues which impede an ex-offender's success. These individuals can then make a lasting difference in their families, their churches, and their community.  
 

Mission Statement
: help inmates and their families to know Jesus as their Savior, to mature in their faith, and to transition back into society as good citizens … Changing FOCUS, Changing Lives! 


Vision Statement: Transformation, not Rehabilitation by FOCUSing on Jesus Christ = True Freedom
 
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